Connecticut First
5:44 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Metro-North Braking Upgrade Complete; Bill Considered to Address Absenteeism

Metro-North has finished upgrading its signal system. That means trains approaching five moveable bridges and two critical curves on the New Haven Line will automatically stop when engineers fail to slow down. The emergency stop provisions were put in place at two curves-- one in Bridgeport, the other in Port Chester, New York. The Federal Railroad Administration issued the order in December after a deadly train derailment in The Bronx.

Bill Considered to Address Absenteeism

Lawmakers are considering a bill that aims to ensure that children who are chronically absent from school get help early, before they become truants or drop out of school. The bill calls for districts where 10 percent of students or more are chronically absent to establish a school attendance review team. Any district with a school that has a chronic absence rate of 15 percent or more would be required to do the same.

Homeowners Struggle With Flood Insurance Premiums

While the recovery continues, thousands across the state who have federally subsidized flood insurance got a short-term break on Friday when President Obama signed a law providing relief from significant immediate premium increases. The new law reverses parts of a 2012 overhaul of the National Flood Insurance Program after homeowners protested that premium increases were expected to rise sharply.

Plans to Be Unveiled for New Sandy Hook School 

Plans for the new Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown will be officially unveiled by architects Tuesday night. The proposed two-story structure would be close to the woods and have wide connecting "Main Street" boulevards on the interior, as well as footbridges and courtyards.

Fairfield Prep Upset by Bridgeport Central

Bridgeport Central defeated top-ranked and top-seeded Fairfield Prep 76-73 in the Class LL boys basketball championship game Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. It was one of 11 championship games showcased on cptvsports.org  over the weekend.

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